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Geox Nebula sneakers: So what’s the biggie?!

21 Apr

You’ll have to be blind to have missed the publicity surrounding Geox’s latest shoe launch: for the Nebula sneaker. But ShoesieQ must admit to some trepidation when she first heard about them. After all trainers are everywhere these days. Just what could Geox do that’s so special?

Well once ShoesieQ tried on some of the early samples about 6 months ago she thought she’d give them a go at her shop Modish, as they really are fabulous.

Incredibly lightweight, flexible, ultra-cushioned and supportive and fully breathable, plus, crucially, they look really neat on the feet. ShoesieQ has had shoe shops for over 8 years now and she’s never come across anything quite like it. Sure other brands can come up trumps with one of two of these benefits: but she’s never come across anything that does all of them!

Geox describe it like walking on clouds, and they’re not far wrong.

In fact she was so impressed she bought them in 6 colours! Which bearing in mind she’s only ever stock 3 colours in any one shoe max shows how good they are!

If you’re sceptical (and ShoesieQ can understand if you are, she was too!), just pop into Modish and try a pair to see for yourself! Or if you’d rather just take a look online here’s a pic of one not moving around at, followed by a link to all the colours we’re selling at Modish

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http://www.modishonline.co.uk/?searchStr=nebula&x=0&y=0

 

RANT OF THE WEEK: Extreme Heels!

1 Aug

Uber high heelsNow ShoesieQ ie fully aware that she’s in danger of sounding like your dear old mum here. But listen up! For when the mega cool and sexy Cara Delevingne tells Vogue magazine that, “The worst part of being a model? I hate high heels, more than anything” surely that’s worth paying attention to, no?

 

Especially as that interview was over 2 years ago, and the extreme heel has been banished to fashion Siberia for a good couple of seasons now. Yet the uber-heel refuses to die.

 

Proof if proof is needed came for ShoesieQ earlier this year at the otherwise wonderful Cambridge Style Week. This marvellous event featured ShoesieQ’s shoe shop, Modish, amongst the likes of LK Bennett, Hobbs and many more illustrious local and national stores.

CSW HappyAnyway, an acquaintance of ShoesieQ came up to her afterwards and commented that hers was the only catwalk where the models smiled. Now ShoesieQ had been far too busy being nervous to notice, but said mate was bang on! All the rest of the brands put their models in the highest heels possible – and it showed in their faces. How is being miserable a good look?!

And that’s before ShoesieQ gets on to the physical damage they wreak on us. Yes, she knows, she really DOES sound like your mum now. And that may be so, but ShoesieQ has just 3 words for you, if you’re a devotee of skyscraper heels. And they are:

Victoria Beckham’s feet.

Now ShoesieQ did consider adding a pic here to illustrate the point, but decided against it on the grounds that it may disturb readers of a nervous or delicate disposition 😉  But if you really want to see something truly scary – Google them now! High heel devotees – that is your future! And probably sans the delights of being married to the divine David, which even ShoesieQ suspects would easy the pain somewhat (unless those rumours are to be believed………..)

Anyway, the really mad part of this, is that these days you can buy great looking shoes that don’t crucify you. Lose an inch or two off the heel for starters, and look out for shops with brands that aren’t just about high fashion.  Cos even if you still want that classic sexy high heel, there are still some great options out there that won’t crucify you.

 

129002_hogl_black_suedeTake these beauties by Hogl that have just turned up at Modish. They’ve got mega soft uppers, a light and flexible sole, plus the special “softline“ tread that is Hogl’s trademark.

So if, despite everything, you just can’t give up your high heel habit, pop a pair of these babies on. Your feet will thank you. You have ShoesieQ’s word on that!

Festival Footwear!

21 Jun

If you were of the female persuasion and going to a music festival, it used to just mean one thing. At least when it came to what to put on your feet. And that,as any fule kno, is Wellies. Which is fair enough, who doesn’t want dry feet as the heavens open? Plus there’s the added bonus of channelling one’s inner Kate Moss. Only problem is they’re so so heavy, they chafe your legs, and when (?!) the sun finally decides to make an appearance, there’s nothing more hot and sweaty than encasing your feet in rubber. Plus we don’t know about you, but whenever ShoesieQ’s seen pics of herself in a pair she’s looks more like a wannabe Alan Titchmarsh groupie than anything 😦

So, what’s the alternative? Well, you can go two ways. The first, and most obvious route, is to grab your trusty Converse. Now, to be honest, we’re not entirely sure how they made the humble sneaker look cool on everyone, but they do, and that’s just a fact.

brookeThe other suggestion will work a treat if you’re going to one of the more “hippy” fests, e.g. Latitude, Glasto and Bestival and the like, are these babies by Adesso. Colourful, fun, comfy, fully machine washable and only £30, they’re made for festival feet. Plus, and this is where they beat most Converse, they have a platform of about an inch. Which might, just might,be enough for you to peer over the shoulder of that annoyingly tall man who has just decided to stand in front of you, so you still have a fighting chance of actually see the band!

And yes, ShoesieQ is fully aware that her last post was also on Adesso shoes. Plus no, she is not, we repeat, not obsessed by them. But she is a bit worried that they’re about to sell out, and she wants the last few pairs to go to good homes…………. aka those belonging to people such as you, dear reader 🙂

Our most colourful shoes yet!

7 May

Question:  What do you get if you cross this:

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With some of these?

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Adesso shoes – that’s what!!

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This is our first season with Adesso, and my goodness, what an eye-opener it’s been! ShoesieQ has, in all her days as a shoe siren, never come across a line like it. They’re a bit mad-looking sure, but if you’re after something lightweight, colourful and crazily comfortable, then you really can’t beat ’em.

The shoes themselves combine a memory-foam insole with a moulded footbed topped by an upper of woven elastic. And though the styles come up a bit differently to each other, ShoesieQ hasn’t yet come across a foot that won’t work with at least one of the ones she stocks at her shop Modish, which is a bit of a first!

PLUS if they get a bit grubby they can be chucked into the washing machine 5 times at a 40C wash before the elastic starts to go.

And did we mention that they cost just £30? 🙂

As you may image this is just a small selection of our range. Plus these shoes are, not surprisingly, selling like hotcakes!  So if you fancy a pair may we suggest that you, ahem, hot foot it down to Modish Cambridge or Saffron Walden a bit sharpish………..!

Shoe wars! Which side are you on?

20 Jun

So where do you stand on the big question? No, we’re not talking about the rights and wrongs of staying in Europe, or even what on earth Charles Saatchi’s definition of a heated debate would be if that was a “playful tiff”. No, the question ShoesieQ is referring to is simply this:

 V LoafersBallet pumps

Ballet pumps or Loafers

Now there may be the odd (!) male reader of this blog for whom this question at best elicit a raised eyebrow, or maybe even mutterings along the lines of “Huh?”. But there can’t be too many women out there who wouldn’t be able to instantly, even instinctively, pin her colours to Team Ballet or Team Loafer.

But in the time-honoured fashion of that great fashion guru Harry Hill, which is best? Well, there’s only one way to find out.

FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!

£55 £20.35 Aida 3526-162 12C 8SWOk, so let’s start with ballet pumps. Well, they are pretty close to being THE perfect smart-casual option that can worn almost anywhere, from popping to the corner shop to dinner in a fancy restaurant, without looking out of place. And if they’re reasonably well made, they’re usually pretty comfortable for most of us, not to mention super quick to slip on and off, which can be handy……..

But last year the more fashion forward folk started to adopt a new trend, namely the velvet gentleman’s club slipper. This somehow managed to combine a delicious element of loucheness with, oddly enough, the freshness that the ballet pump had when it first came back into fashion a few years ago. Because, lets face it, ballet pumps are EVERYWHERE right now.

So in summary ShoesieQ reckons the case for and against ballet pumps is:

Pros

  1. Wide choice of colours
  2. Feminine AND Flat – that elusive, nay, almost impossible combination
  3. Some great variations are now available eg Flatform pumps, espadrille soled etc
  4. Kate Moss STILL wears them 😉

Cons

  1. Risk of toe cleavage with the models that are cut low (Ewwwww!)
  2. Makes everyone’s feet look HUGE, esp when worn with skinny jeans
  3. Ubiquitous – which means they’ve been picked up big time by the likes of Primark et al, leading us to the next big minus point…….
  4. Quality often questionable – cardboard soles, bugger all arch support sound familiar anyone?
  5. Not best loved by podiatrists – mainly cos you often have to grip with your toes to keep them on, which oddly enough isn’t great for your feet.

£75 £26 Cyrillia 3508-240 V 12C 8SW (2)So – what about the humble loafer? Well, for some of us the ballet pump is just too girly for words. If you like a bit of androgyny in your wardrobe, or just want to avoid saccharine overload, the loafer is just about perfect. And the fact that there’s a lot more to a loafer (more upper, more support and more structure) they’re a lot kinder to your feet too. But don’t think they’re all about comfort: loafers can be incredibly glamourous and yet not too “try hard” especially if you’re prepared to splash a bit of cash and go with a pair by someone like Gucci or Todds.

But they do require quite a bit more thought for most of us if we want to avoid coming across a bit, well, Miss Marple………….

In summary when it comes to the loafer:

Pros

  1. They look a bit edgier and more modern (IF worn with the right outfit)
  2. Tend to be better made than a ballet pump
  3. Almost inevitably comfortable
  4. They’re NOT everywhere!
  5. Podiatrists love them, cos they have more of an upper and therefore stay on your feet
  6. Alexa STILL wears them 😉

Cons

  1. A LOT frumpier IF worn with the wrong outfit
  2. Generally less versatile than the ballet pump.
  3. Colours often dull (apart from the slipper versions)
  4. Can be heavy and clumpy (though sometimes that’s what makes them look great!)

So I’m afraid the jury’s out on this particular Battle of the Titans.  ShoesieQ suggests that you should simply chose your style tribe and wear with pride!

As for yours truly, well she’s ducked the issue entirely this year and gone for these babies by Vagabond, which is just about as close to a hybrid ballet loafer as you can get 😉

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Insider secrets: How to find great looking COMFORTABLE shoes!

7 Jul

It’s not always easy to find that perfect pair of comfy shoes that don’t instantly morph you into your grandmother. So here are some tips to help ensure you don’t have to sacrifice comfort on the holy grail of looking hot!

Size does indeed matter!

'Fraid these are going to be a little on the snug side ;)

‘Fraid these are going to be a little on the snug side 😉

Obvious though this is,when it comes to shoes you need to start off with them being the right size. Of course that’s not quite as easy as it sounds, as quite apart from anything else, very few shoes these days come in different width fittings. And one thing ShoesieQ’s learnt from having her very own shoe shop is that every manufacturer, every style, every pair, of every shoe, AND every foot is different! And that’s before you factor in the fact that feet tend to get bigger as the day goes on – so try to buy shoes in the afternoon if possible, as feet are at their largest at the end of the day.

Pitch perfect

Even women who don’t think they can do heels will often find that a pair with a decent platform can work for them – simply because a lot of pain caused by heels isn’t down to their height – more to the pitch of the foot.  And the recent arrival of flatforms onto the fashion scene (ie flat shoes on a platform) means that just about anyone can wear them. But if flatforms/platforms aren’t your thing, there are more and more mid-heeled shoes around these days, so give them a go!

When it comes to heels – feel the width!

Funky demi Wedge by Fly London

Even if you get on well with high heels, you’ll know that some are more comfortable than others. A wide or chunky heel provides a larger base for your weight to be distributed upon, which means they almost always feel better on than a stiletto does. And a wedge is even better!

When it comes to soles – it IS possible to be too thin!

You don’t have to be the princess of pea-and-feather-mattresses fame to loathe the sensation of feeling every pebble on the pavement as you walk. Even worse, shoes with very thin soles tend to offer very little support to the foot, which will cause pain in the short term and potential foot/knee and back problems in years to come. On the other hand if you treat yourself to a pair with platform soles, not only will you benefit from the extra cushioning they provide,but you gain extra inches without extra discomfort.

Sock it to ’em!

When you’re buying shoes do try to make sure you try them on as you tend to wear them. So if you know you won’t be wearing socks or tights under a particular pair of shoes, try them on in bare feet, and vice versa.  You’d be amazed what difference this can make, and how many people don’t follow this simple rule.

Avoiding the point…………..

Round toed sexiness at its best

If comfort’s key, go for round, or oval, or even square shaped toes on your shoes,  and put anything for shoes with a pointy toe back in the box. Unsurprisingly that goes any shape of toebox that forces your feet into an unnatural position.

But if you’ve found a pair that gives your toes a little bit of wiggle room and doesn’t force them round corners, chances are you’re onto a winner.

It’s what’s inside that counts!

Often what makes a pair of shoes uncomfortable is on the inside. Exposed seams, knotted bits of thread, folds of leather that rub your heels, or fastenings that press against the top of your foot can all make shoes completely unbearable.

Flat broke?

As a general rule, flats are more comfortable than heels. But not all flats are created equal, with some being downright excruciating to wear for any length of time. And for many of us, even fans of flatties, a tiny heel is often better than none at all

Know Your Feet, Know Your Shoes

Do you have high arches? You probably already know that pull-on boots are likely to be a problem to even get on your feet. Flat feet? Then you’re likely to need a bit of support around the instep. So before you go shoe shopping, take a look in your wardrobe to see what works for you (and what doesn’t!).

If at first you don’t succeed…….

Ok, so you’ve found the almost perfect pair. But something’s not quite right about them. This may sound mad, but ask to try on another, identical pair. As sometimes, just sometimes, if it’s really meant to be, the second pair will fit beautifully.

And no, ShoesieQ has no idea why this is. Perhaps the Shoe Goddess smiles on those who persevere? But she’s seen it often enough in her shoe shop to know that even shoes from the biggest manufacturers have subtle variations that can make all the difference.

Not all shoe shops are created equal

Of the big chains the only one that seems to really cater for comfort with even a modicum of style is, in my opinion, Shoon – although Clarks can have the odd moment of genius.

But wherever you go shoe shopping it’s best to buy from shops with a good returns policy. For example at ShoesieQ’s shop we let everyone try the shoes at home for 14 days – and you get a full refund if they bring them back in a resaleable condition within the fortnight. So that’s plenty of time to make sure they really do fit and feel fabulous.

Now admittedly ShoesieQ’s a bit biased here, wot wiv her owning a shoe shop n’all: but before those happy days when she was an HR clone she pretty much always shopped in independent shoe shops. Because if you find a good ‘un ,they tend to have the most interesting ranges, employ staff who really care (and know their shoes) and will be more than happy to get what seems like every box out of the stockroom to make sure you get the perfect pair.

And if you find one where the owner’s a sample size 37, the chances are she’ll have tried every pair on herself just to make sure that they don’t crucify her customers. And you’ll have hit the jackpot!